The course serves as an introduction to the Plant orientation in Civil Engineering Program in Biotechnology and Genomics as well as to the Master's Programme in Plant and Forest Biotechnology. After a brief overview illustrating different aspects of plant and forest biotechnology, an introduction is given to the plant cell and its unique characteristics. The course further aims to provide knowledge of how the various organelles and processes are regulated at the cellular and molecular level such to enable the plant cell and the plant to grow and adapt to their environment. Areas which are then particularly addressed are: photosynthesis, respiration, carbohydrate and nitrogen metabolism, plant organelles and the cytoskeleton, intracellular signaling, and the biosynthesis and turnover of proteins.
The course is divided into three phases: theory (10.5 credits), literature studies and seminarium presentation (3 credits), laboratory exercises (1.5 credits)
90 ECTS credits, of which at least 15 ECTS credits are in the main area of chemistry and 60 ECTS credits in the main area of biology where at least 30 ECTS credits should be in plant biology and cell- and molecular biology. Swedish for basic eligibility for higher education programmes and English B/6. Requirements for Swedish only apply if the course is held in Swedish.